Bowie on Bowie: Interviews and Encounters with David Bowie

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Chicago Review Press, May 1, 2015 - Music - 432 pages
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"David Bowie has always been a consummate mythmaker, and this fascinating anthology captures him at his most mysterious and mischievous, laying himself bare and building walls around himself in the same mercurial instant." —Peter Doggett, author of The Man Who Sold the World: David Bowie & the '70s   David Bowie has been one of pop music's greatest interviewees since January 1972, when he famously told Melody Maker he was gay. Although he wasn't yet a big star, it was a groundbreaking moment. And over the years, Bowie has failed to give an uninteresting interview. He has been honest, declining to be coy about his ambitions, his private life, and even his developing ennui.             Bowie on Bowie presents some of the best interviews Bowie has granted in his near five-decade career. Each interview traces a new step in his unique journey, successively freezing him in time as young novelty hit-maker, hairy hippie, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, the Thin White Duke, plastic soul player, fragile Germanic exile, godfather of the New Romantics, eighties sell-out, Tin Machinist, and, finally, permanently, artistically reborn beloved elder statesman of challenging popular music.   Sean Egan has interviewed members of the Beatles, the Velvet Underground, the Who, the Kinks, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and many others. His books include Keith Richards on Keith Richards, The Rough Guide to the Rolling Stones, The Mammoth Book of the Beatles, and Jimi Hendrix and the Making of Are You Experienced.    

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There are few characters in the rock-n-roll world as interesting as David Bowie. His changing personas are legendary, but more importantly, his music has changed as much. The one constant is that it is always interesting. In Bowie on Bowie it’s easy to trace the evolution of Bowie’s character, but the music isn’t there. It is a thought provoking work, because Bowie has always been an excellent subject for interviewers, but Sean Egan’s brief introductions don’t really add too much to make us see behind the interviews.
That Bowie is smart and compelling always comes through, but for some reason, the music isn’t evoked, giving this book an unfinished feel. In addition, I know that the book has to have some editing, but there are some excellent interviews left out, ones so good that I actually remember them, and I was looking forward to re-reading. Still, any Bowie is better that no Bowie.


Dont Dig Too Deep Pleads Oddity David Bowie Gordon Coxhill November 15 1969 New Musical Express UK
Oh You Pretty Thing Michael Watts January 22 1972 Melody Maker UK
David at the Dorchester Charles Shaar Murray July 22 and 29 1972 New Musical Express UK
Goodbye Ziggy and a Big Hello to Aladdin Sane Charles Shaar Murray January 27 1973 New Musical Express UK
Bowie Finds His Voice Robert Hilburn September 14 1974 Melody Maker UK
Bowie Meets Springsteen Mike Mcgrath November 26 1974 The Drummer US
Now Im a Businessman Robert Hilburn February 28 1976 Melody Maker UK
Goodbye to Ziggy and All That Allan Jones October 29 1977 Melody Maker UK
The Artful Codger Steven Wells November 25 1995 New Musical Express UK
No Longer a Lad Insane HP Newquist January 1996 Guitar US
Turn To The Left Fashion Turn To The Right David Bowie and Alexander Mcqueen November 1996 Dazed Confused UK
A Star Comes Back to Earth Mick Brown December 14 1996 Telegraph Magazine UK
ChangesFiftyBowie David Cavanagh February 1997 Q UK
Bowie Retrospective Linda Laban March 1997 Mr Showbiz US
Now Where Did I Put Those Tunes? David Quantick October 1999 Q UK
Most Stylish Man Dylan Jones October 2000 GQ UK

12 Minutes with David Bowie John Tobler January 1978 ZigZag UK
Confessions of an Elitist Michael Watts February 18 1978 Melody Maker UK
The Future Isnt What It Used To Be Angus Mackinnon September 13 1980 New Musical Express UK
The Face Interview David Thomas May 1983 The Face UK
Sermon from the Savoy Charles Shaar Murray September 29 1984 New Musical Express UK
Boys Keep Swinging Adrian Deevoy June 1989 Q UK
Tin Machine II Interview Robin Eggar August 9 1991
One Day Son All This Could Be Yours Steve Sutherland March 20 and 27 1993 New Musical Express UK
Station to Station David Sinclair June 10 1993 Rolling Stone US
Boys Keep Swinging Dominic Wells August 30September 6 1995 Time Out UK
Action Painting Chris Roberts October 1995 Ikon UK
It Means More to Me Than Any Number of Hit Albums This Thanks Very Much John Robinson December 2 2000 New Musical Express UK
Contact Paul Du Noyer July 2002 Mojo UK
Life on Earth Ken Scrudato July 2003 Soma US
Such a Perfect Day Mikel Jollett JulyAugust 2003 Filter US
Do You Remember Your First Time? Paul Du Noyer November 2003 The Word UK
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Sean Egan is an author and journalist who has interviewed members of the Beach Boys, the Beatles, the Kinks, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, the Sex Pistols, the Velvet Underground, the Who, and many others. He is the author of several books, including Defining Moments in Music, Jimi Hendrix and the Making of Are You Experienced, Keith Richards on Keith Richards, The Mammoth Book of the Beatles, and The Rough Guide to the Rolling Stones.

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